The end of their world begins with a story.
In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn’t most fairy tales.
Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being—called the Nybbas—imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true—not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas’s triumph . . . or its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.
Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other. It is a story of the last dragon in existence, deathly afraid of its own reflection. Above all, it is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them, and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.
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Source: ARC provided by the publisher via BEA13
Get to the point mini review:
(I’m trying this format out so I can catalogue every book I read without writing long rambling reviews that crush my reading soul lol)
I think this book, although mid-grade, would appeal to readers of all ages, boys & girls, and would be an excellent jumping off point to discuss issues such as finding courage to do the right thing and our perceptions of beauty (particularly as it pertains to the Disney Princess image we’ve all been sold).
My one quibble would be with the illustrations. They are beautiful – but the point of this tale is that Violet is not. So it was disappointing to not see her as she is described. Our brilliant, pug nosed, mis-matched eyed, lopsided smiling Violet was made into the perfect looking princess thereby going against it’s own message.
“There's no such thing as complete when it comes to stories. Stories are infinite. They are as infinite as worlds.”
~ Iron Hearted Violet